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Housing and Board Requirements

Policy

Kalamazoo College affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential undergraduate experience.  Residential living is supportive of one's academic preparation and plays an integral role in one's experiential education, providing rich opportunities for involvement and development.  Therefore, Kalamazoo College requires all students to reside within the College's residential system and board at the College's dining center through their sophomore year.

To be eligible for campus housing students must be enrolled full-time (at least two units) for the term of residence, and be at least 16 years of age at the time campus residency begins.  Students under the age of 16 are not eligible to live in on-campus housing. 

Kalamazoo College's Section 504 Coordinator and the Office of Disability Services will work with students who have special needs when making housing assignments.  The College will provide accessible housing to students with disabilities.  You may contact the College's Section 504 Coordinator or the Office of Disability Services at (269) 337-7209.


Policy Interpretation

First-years:  All first-years and visiting international students must live in the College's residential system and board at the College's dining center.  Exceptions are made for those who:

  • are married
  • have children
  • are 23 years of age or older
  • are under the age of 16

Sophomores: All sophomores must live in the College's residential system and board at the College's dining center.  Exceptions are made for those who:

  • are married
  • have children
  • are 23 years of age or older
  • are under the age of 16
  • commute from a local primary residence of a parent or guaradian (within 30 minutes or 30 miles of the College)
  • are released by the College's Petition Committee (Petition Form)

Exceptions specific to the board plan only are made for:

  • residents of Living Learning Housing Units, all of which provide a full kitchen
  • those released by the College's Petition Committee (Petition Form)

Transfers:  Transfers are treated per their student classification.  

Juniors and Seniors: Juniors and seniors are not required to live on campus and will be housed on a space-available basis only.  Given recent enrollment trends, on-campus housing for juniors and seniors will continue to be very limited.  The same requirements regarding carrying a board plan as those listed above will apply.